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When You Can't Read the Original, There's Always.... In Translation

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Christopher Atamian

What (and how much) gets lost in translation? How does the translator operate the difficult task of rendering an author's words and stylistic choices into often completely different languages?

Why Translators Are the New Blacksmiths

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

Just as blacksmiths helped move us into the industrial age, our modern-day wordsmiths - translators and interpreters - will help us move from the current age, in which information is merely available, to an age in which information also becomes highly relevant and useful.

Decanted Without a Spill: Don Share's Miguel Hernández

Bobby Elliott | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

Comparing Don Share's new Miguel Hernández with The Selected Poems highlights both of their graces -- Share's translations, on the whole, prove the more literal. But Share hasn't sacrificed a thing by being loyal where others have been liberal.

Bite Your Tongue at Theater for the New City

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Lauren Cahn

What if one day, for no explicable reason, every single one of these people - people like you and me and everyone we know - suddenly broke that long-standing contract we've made with society to keep our thoughts to ourselves?

10 Hilarious Spanish-English Translation Fails

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.27.2013 | Latino Voices

Anyone who's ever tried to learn another language knows that translation is a difficult art to master. Cognates turn out to mean something else, p...

10 Steps to Gamifying Your Next Project

Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.28.2013 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

Luis von Ahn is a master "micro-game" designer, whose last major success reCAPTCHA is now is digitizing 100 million words a day -- about two million books a year. His newest game, called Duolingo, is intended to help translate the World Wide Web.

Profiles in Translation: Speaking the Language of Love

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Nataly Kelly

In many parts of Latin America, Valentine's Day is not just for people who are in love. It's known as the "Día del Amor y la Amistad" -- the Day of Love and Friendship.

Are You Using Knowledge, or Is Knowledge Using You?

Miguel Ruiz, Jr. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Throughout life, we constantly narrate, or commentate on, everything we do, say, see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. As natural storytellers, we continuously keep the plot moving forward, sometimes missing millions of subplots that are developing on their own.

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for Translation, Just Not for the Reasons You Think

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Nataly Kelly

How does immigration boost the economy? There are many reasons, but the short answer is that immigration adds more people who in turn spend more money. Businesses benefit from this spending, a fact reflected in the larger economy.

Profiles in Translation: Inside the World of a Professional Baseball Interpreter

Nataly Kelly | Posted 03.25.2013 | Sports
Nataly Kelly

Baseball interpreters have been in the news a lot recently, due to the decision to allow interpreters to approach the pitching mound during games. I recently caught up with Kenji Nimura, an experienced professional interpreter for Japanese, Spanish, and English for players in the Major League.

Learning to Read Neruda

Terence Clarke | Posted 03.04.2013 | San Francisco
Terence Clarke

Twenty years after my first class at Casa Hispana, I began my translation of Pablo Neruda's "100 Sonnets of Love," a collection of sonnets written to Neruda's wife Matilde. Each one of these poems is a flash of light, a lightning strike of love.

Putting The Text Of The Bible Back Into Context

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

A closer look at the original context of the words of the Bible can help readers see past these translation mistakes, which range from awkward phrasing to misrepresenting such central themes as the Ten Commandments.

Can You Read This? Researchers Turn To Crowdsourcing To Decipher Mystery Language

Posted 10.22.2012 | World

Researchers at Oxford University hope new technology and crowdsourcing on the Internet will help them decipher the world's oldest writing system that ...

Ten Words That Can't Be Translated

Nataly Kelly | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Nataly Kelly

The translation of a single word can be a minefield, and a misstep can lead to disaster. Here are ten hard-to-translate concepts.

PEN Translation Fund Donor's Identity Revealed

Susan Bernofsky | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Susan Bernofsky

"He was enormously embarrassed at the thought of being publicly associated with the donation, and insisted on complete anonymity. Mike had a visceral horror of money, which he associated with excess. He explained that the money was the death benefit that his mother received in 1945."

10 Ways Translation Shapes Your Life

Nataly Kelly | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Nataly Kelly

Did you know that right this very minute, a massive translation project is scanning the international news to catch words that help identify and contain global health outbreaks, protecting the lives of you and your loved ones?

Smart Gloves Turn Sign Language Gestures Into Vocalized Speech

XPRIZE | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology

By David J. Hill Contributing Writer, Singularity University. Giving a voice to the voiceless has been a cause that many have championed throughout h...

Ten Ways That Carter Influenced Translation -- and Vice Versa

Nataly Kelly | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Nataly Kelly

Translation affects the oval office in more ways than most people realize. Likewise, the commander-in-chief has extraordinary power to shape policy related to translation and language in general.

Real-Time Language Translation With UK Developer's Own Google-esque Augmented Reality Glasses

XPRIZE | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

Think that only a tech giant like Google can make next generation augmented-reality glasses? Think again.

WATCH: Real-Life Google Glasses Can Translate Foreign Phrases As They're Spoken

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 07.23.2012 | Technology

Google's Project Glass video -- released in April and shared wide and far over the Internet -- presented a set of so-called "Google Glasses" that were...

Alone Together: Transnational Poems of Two Lebanese Women

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2012 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alone Together blossomed out of their friendship and what began as correspondence by snail mail which continued through emails, with Mojabber Mourani pouring out her thoughts in English, and Yacoub Haddad expressing herself in Arabic.

Firefighters Use Flashcards To Understand Spanish-Speakers

Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

Axe? Check. Fire extinguisher? Check. Spanish flashcards? Er... Starting this week, firefighters in Knoxville, Tennessee will be adding one more to...

PHOTO: Subway Sandwich Name Lost In Translation

Posted 06.21.2012 | Food

If you are like us, you often have a tough time deciding what to eat for lunch. Let's say, as an example, you live in an Arabic-speaking country and h...

Clearing up the Top 10 Myths About Translation

Nataly Kelly | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Nataly Kelly

The professions with the widest vocabulary, such as doctors and lawyers, use about 23,000 words. Interpreters and translators who work for these specialized professions often use this kind of advanced technical vocabulary in two languages.

Mike Sacks

Deportation And Wiretapping At The Supreme Court | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With five weeks remaining in its term, the Supreme Court on Monday morning chipped away at its 20-plus cases yet to be decided by issuin...